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Almonry is a historical term referring to a room or building where alms, or charitable donations, were distributed to the poor. In medieval European monasteries, abbeys, and cathedrals, the almonry served as a designated space for the almoner, a member of the clergy responsible for dispensing alms and providing care for the needy. The almoner's duties included distributing food, clothing, and sometimes money to the poor, as well as offering temporary lodging for travelers and pilgrims. The practice of almsgiving through the almonry was an important aspect of religious life and was seen as a way for the wealthy to fulfill their Christian duty of charity. The almonry also played a significant role in the social welfare system of the time, as it provided a means of support for the most vulnerable members of society. Over time, the concept of the almonry evolved, and similar practices were adopted by secular institutions, such as hospitals and schools, to provide assistance to those in need.

alms, charity, medieval, monastery

John Armstrong

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